A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner

A Sound Among the Trees is a story that covers multiple generations. Adelaide, who is estranged from her daughter and continues to grieve for her late grand-daughter, now shares her family estate with her grandson-in-law and his new wife. The story begins as the new wife, Marielle, moves in. Marielle soon learns that there are many rumors floating around about the house being haunted by a previous matriarch, Susannah Page. The majority of the story takes place in a contemporary setting. However, it follows Susannah’s story when Marielle is given her letters to read.

I was mostly disappointed in the book. The published description leads one to believe that this may be some type of frame story, however, it is sadly, not. I was surprised by the more contemporary setting and disappointed that about a 1/3 of the way through I thought, “Am I seriously reading a ghost story? Really?!” The most enjoyable section is about 200 pages in where we become privy to Susannah’s letters. This is by far the most interesting portion of the book and saved it from a lower rating.

I was also expecting a Christian fiction novel because of the publisher, but I do not feel as though it can be categorized as such. While redemption/religion entered the story, it seemed a sloppy after thought.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Waterbrook/Multnomah’s Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review.


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